Tennis Australia would like to inform all players, parents and coaches that the tournament structure of the very popular Australian Money Tournaments will be changing as of 1st January 2013. Below is a list of the major changes being implemented across Australia.
There has been an 81% increase in the number of Australian Ranking tournaments between 2007 and 2010. The success of this growth has seen the number of tournament entries increase by 59% over this same period. However, the overall number of entries in each tournament has declined by 11% and the average number of games per match is hovering around 16 games (i.e. 6-2 6-2 results).
Qualifying Format now optional for Silver, Bronze and White Events
In 2013, tt will become optional for Australian Money Tournaments in the Silver, Bronze and White categories to implement the main draw & qualifying formats. These tournaments must choose what main draw and qualifying draw size they wish to operate under when applying for a tournament. For example, main draw only or a larger main draw option with a qualifying event (48 or 64-player main draw and 32 qualifying event for example).
Mandatory online entry and My Tennis membership numbers
To assist all staff and volunteers to effectively manage their tournaments, it will be mandatory for all players to enter all Australian Ranking events in 2013 via the online entry system (no exceptions).
You may have noticed already that the online system only allows players enter tournaments that have a valid My Tennis membership number. These new numbers have been rolled out across the country over the past 12 months and are 11-digit numbers that start with 61. If you do not have your number, please contact your club or member association. If you are not a member of a club, click here to register for a My Tennis number.
Entry Closing Dates
All Australian Money Tournaments will close their entries 14 days prior to the start of the qualifying event and will not be extending their entry closing dates in 2013. So players, parents and coaches will need to be switched on to avoid disappointment.
Once the tournament entries have closed, each tournament will compile an acceptance list, showing the list of players that have been accepted directly into the main draw and the list of players that are required to compete in the qualifying event. There will be a withdrawal deadline (7 days prior to the start), so players will need to keep an eye on the acceptance list as it will be constantly update.
All Australian Money Tournaments, in consultation with the relevant Member Association will have the opportunity to award a select number of wildcards directly into the main draw and into qualifying.
Questions, Regulations and Feedback
Tennis Australia have produced a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to help explain some questions you might have. Click here to view the document.
The 2013 Australian Ranking Tournament Regulations and updated Australian Ranking points tables and regulations are now available for you to view, click here.
All Australian Money Tournaments have been made aware of the changes that are being implemented for 2013, but we kindly ask for your patience and cooperation during this rollout. Any questions or feedback can be sent via email: [email protected]